Pilots Donate Time, Fuel To Fly Dogs Facing Euthanasia To Rescue Shelters

Emilio Cogliani

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For some dogs, a chance at the good life takes off when the pilots do.

Thousands of pooches facing euthanasia — some just hours from death — get loaded on planes each year and flown to new homes in places with shortages of adoptable pets. Groups such as California-based Wings of Rescue or South Carolina-based Pilots N Paws lead the charge, recruiting pilots to volunteer their planes, fuel and time in a trend that’s growing as more dogs end up in shelters and more people seek out canine love.

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Yahuda Netanel, a private pilot with Wings of Rescue, carries two rescue dogs prior to a flight.

More than 4 million U.S. pets are euthanized every year. Both pilot groups encourage spaying and neutering as a solution but know that airlifts will increase every year as they become more visible and the number of needy dogs grows.

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